legolas 'The Hobbit': Orlando Bloom joins Peter Jackson's increasingly divergent adaptationWe’re starting to get a little bit worried about “The Hobbit.” Production is already underway in New Zealand and, really, the movie couldn’t be in better hands than that of Peter Jackson, the man who brought the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy to vivid and faithful life on the big screen.

But with Friday’s (May 27) news that Orlando Bloom has officially joined the cast of “The Hobbit,” well, it’s time for us to go on record as queasy. Bloom played Legolas in all three “Rings” movies and we don’t mind saying he made an awesome elf. But now that his character has been tacked on to “The Hobbit,” well, we’re starting to worry about the integrity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s source material.

Announcing the casting decision on Facebook, Jackson wrote, “Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again.”

But, umm, Legolas doesn’t appear in Tolkien’s “Hobbit” at all. Neither does Cate Blanchett’s character, Galadriel, yet there she is on the IMDB page. Elijah Wood, too, is reprising his role as Frodo although it’s Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who anchors this prequel, not Frodo.

So we’re wondering if Jackson should officially change the name of the movie to “Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit,” seeing as how he’s taking so much creative license with what is a perfect piece of fiction as is.

What do you think? Is Peter Jackson straying too far from the source material or do we trust him to do a good job?

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson